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September 2020 Update and Message from TCS Board

Dear Contemplative Friends, This has been a year of momentous change and uncertainty! Here at The Contemplative Society, we have been prayerfully discerning our future path through the challenges and opportunities during this tumultuous time. The Board has made some difficult decisions to reduce administrative costs and bring expenses into alignment with income.....
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Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm – by Cynthia Bourgeault

In Eye of the Heart, Cynthia Bourgeault investigates the imaginal realm–an energetic realm well known to the mystical traditions but often forgotten in our own times. It is invisible to the physical eye, but clearly perceptible through the eye of the heart. The imaginal realm has long been associated with the personal world of dreams, prophecy, and oracles, and it also points toward a higher vision of our human purpose that is both evolutionary and collective...

POOL OF WISDOM: A Spiritual Autobiography by Mary-Clare Carder

MARY-CLARE CARDER is a piano teacher by profession with a BMus from the University of Victoria. She is a lifelong Anglican and has participated in dozens of silent retreats and contemplative workshops over the last 30 years. She has led several contemplative workshops and quiet days.

A Teacher Named ‘Covid’ with Susan McCutcheon

My journey with the teacher named ‘covid' began with odd symptoms that I did not connect and so for a couple of days worsened until the telltale cough put the lights on and my doctor sent me for a test... In my Centering Prayer sit that day I decide to explore the fear. Is it fear of dying, fear of illness, fear of dealing with this living alone? Going deeper I think of wisdom school teachings around kenotic release and that we practice this ‘letting go’ and I find myself doing the physical hand gesture. 

Zooming Through Ramadan Toward Imperfection with Miranda Harvey

The day before Islam’s holiest month Ramadan was set to begin, I received an email from The Contemplative Society. I was logistically and mentally…

Going Forward with Cynthia Bourgeault

Posted on Facebook April 14, 2020 Going Forward….For the past four weeks, as many of you know, I have been hanging out here on the edge of the known…

Good Friday Stations of the Cross

This meditation on the Stations of the Cross during the Pandemic has been provided by Rev. Dawne Taylor of Kamloops, British Columbia. We thank her for…

Foundational Points for the Five Pandemic Homework Exercises

I am very grateful to Joseph Azize for his willingness to make five of the Gurdjieff exercises available to us within the cyber confines of our Wisdom…

More on the instruction to decrease internet use

(Posted by Cynthia Bourgeault on Facebook, March 24, 2020.)   As I expected, I am receiving plenty of raised cyber-eyebrows about my instruction…

From the Eagle’s Nest by Cynthia Bourgeault, March 24, 2020

(the background to Instructions, posted on Cynthia Bourgeault's Facebook page, March 23) I am keenly aware of the irony in all this. Here I sit on…

Instructions from Cynthia Bourgeault

Dear Wisdom friends: Here is my own recommendation for inner work during this time of profound planetary readjustment. I will send you a fuller…

Introductory Wisdom School Online from the Center for Action & Contemplation

If the wisdom path calls to you, I am delighted to share with you an opportunity to participate in an online course created in partnership with the Center for Action and Contemplation. 

A Reflection From The Heart by Charlotte Futcher

During that crisp and sunny week spent at the Lake Cowichan Forest Research Station, with the lake lapping and greens transforming to reds all around us, I went through a reintroduction to and transformation in the relationships with both myself and the Divine Feminine.

What is the Christian Wisdom Lineage?

In April 2019 I attended a unique “retreat”, known as a Wisdom School (WS). This five-day event led by The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD and sponsored by The Contemplative Society was held at the Lake Cowichan Education Centre and filled to capacity.


Excerpts from The Monk’s Cell Chapter 8: Cell The Porous Self: Community and Intersubjectivity from the Inner Room   This is the eighth and final post…
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Excerpts from The Monk’s Cell Chapter 7: Sanctuary The Person as Icon: American Contemplative Christian Ways of Knowing       Continuing with the…

Reflections on Luminous Wisdom with Cynthia Bourgeault

I know that a significant part of how I was able to dive deep down inside during the retreat beside Cynthia, her presence, wisdom, humility, breathtaking speaking ability and humour, was because of the devoted group of seekers/participants from experienced to inexperienced that filled the room. It became apparent to me in the first full day of the retreat that we were a cohesive group with energy waves, love waves going out to each other, co-mingling, supporting each other, loving our neighbour as ourselves.



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